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Different shades of Western and Chinese 'ghost festivals'

2015-10-30 14:36

By (chinadaily.com.cn)

Different shades of Western and Chinese 'ghost festivals'

Concert goers dress in Halloween fancy dress at a party, in London, Britain, Oct 29, 2015. [Photo/SIPA]

Keep evolving & Tradition sustains

The Halloween, stemming from a festival of warding spirits in Ireland, has evolved from pagan to Christian, and to secular, with the theme becoming a carnival for all.

Zhongyuan Festival originates from Buddhist traditions, and then integrates Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, which still remains a religious observance in China. Taoist monks will chant and give offerings to appease the spirits. Honored as Ullambana Festival in Buddhism, Buddhist doctrine says that by offering articles on the festival day, deceased parents and relatives can be saved from bad situations in the after life.